In 2 months, I'm moving out of Ottawa, and I can say confidently that this is the place I will miss the most. While it may not be the best place on earth for everyone it certainly hit all of my criteria.
Both in Summer and Winter, the setting is great. The cozy hole in the wall feel of the interior, with minimal seating and large arm chairs on the one wall is the perfect place to sit and have a pint. In the summer they effectively double there seating with a great patio off the back, slightly removed from Bank St.
Food is good pub food for the most part. Interesting specials here and there. They stand out in my opinion for their wings and burgers both of which they do very well. They brew their own beer, ABC (Ashton Brewing Company) which is getting picked up at other Ottawa bars. My favourite feature is getting it in a milk jug, the equivalent of 2 pints, served in an old fashion milk jug. They'll give you a glass to pour it into, but who needs that haha.
Service is good and friendly. Can slow a little when the place is packed but always friendly and helpful. As far as I go, I like hole in the wall places with character. Quinn's was perfect for me in this sense. Small and unique however it's inviting and has a pretty diverse crowd in it. You get the benefit of a unique venue without it feeling pretentious which I've felt at some other pubs. Essentially the ratio of hipsters is acceptable for the average person haha.
If you're looking for good beer and pub food, Quinn's is the place. If it's during a peak time, prepare to wait or have a backup plan given it's tiny size.
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